Letters from the West

Environmental author speaks to resource council

Swan Falls hydroelectric dam on the Snake River south of Kuna. Author Richard Manning will talk about river pollution Saturday.
Swan Falls hydroelectric dam on the Snake River south of Kuna. Author Richard Manning will talk about river pollution Saturday. doswald@idahostatesman.com

You might remember my column about Richard Manning’s High Country News article “Idaho’s Sewer System is the Snake River: As Big Ag Flourishes, this Massive Waterway Suffers.”

The article painted an ugly picture of the impacts of industrial agriculture on the Snake River. Manning will be in Boise Saturday to deliver the keynote address at Idaho Organization of Resource Council’s annual banquet.

I have known Manning for more than 20 years since the former Idaho newpaper editor and reporter wrote his landmark book about Montana’s timber industry and newspaper business “Last Stand.” He was as hard on Lee Newspapers, the company that owned the Missoulian, where he worked as he was on the timber companies.

Manning has written 10 books and his work has been featured in Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times, OnEarth, and Mother Earth News.

Manning's keynote will explore the ways in which human activity, especially industrial agriculture and energy exploration, have greatly multiplied the threats to environment and human well-being. He will focus on the Snake River.

The address is open to the public and will feature Boise Chef Abby Carlson preparing dinner from locally sourced ingredients. Manning headlines the second annual meeting of the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, an Idaho-based grassroots nonprofit that seeks to improve the quality of life in Idaho’s communities while supporting the sustainable use of our natural resources.

Tickets are available online or at the door. The cost is $45 for IORC members and $60 for non-members. Doors open to the public at 6p.m. The event will be held at The Basque Center, 601 W. Grove St. Visit http://www.iorcinfo.org/event/keynote/for more information.

Rocky Barker: 208-377-6484, @RockyBarker

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